Robert Redford is a bonafide titan of cinema, thanks to a career taking in some of the best and most iconic dramas of the past half a century, including the likes of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting and All the President's Men. This, coupled with his role in the gestation and birth of the Sundance Film Festival, a place that has launched many a creative's career (the Coen Brothers, Steven Soderbergh, Richard Linklater to name three), means that he is allowed a swansong where the only reason to see it is for the actor's fabulous charisma.
The Old Man and the Gun tells the true story of Forrest Tucker whose career as bank robber came to a close after a series of audacious robberies across several states in the 1980s.
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Director David Lowery has marked himself out in recent years as a talented director, skilled at looking backing to what makes films from the 70s so stylistically appealing. There is a degree of craft here that gives the film a gorgeous look, thanks to Joe Anderson's cinematography. But the film desperately needs a shot of energy, proving a remarkably slow despite the secondary plot of the investigation into Forrest, that should prove cinematic caffeine but doesn't.
The Old Man an the Gun is a slight indie drama, one that for some will test their patience. If you are a fan of
This is a London Film Festival preview and The Old Man and the Gun will be released on the 7th December 2018.